Stuffed with the type of meta-inflected jokes and scenarios for which the director's have become known, as well as a range of comical and well-choreographed action sequences, 22 Jump Street is an extremely fulfilling sequel that nobody thought they wanted. Proving once again that theirs is chemistry capable of spinning even the worst material into gold, Hill and Tatum are uproarious this time round, both giving perhaps their funniest performances to date and being perfectly capable of keeping up with the comedic pace of a screenplay that mixes a cavalcade of pratfalls with goofy humour.
However risky repeating the plot – and many of the gags – of the original almost verbatim is, there is enough originality on show to make this entirely worthwhile, coming in the form of a new setting that allows the characters to once again live out the adolescences they never did, particularly Jenko, who may have found a new calling on the football field. In fact, the most appealing aspect of the film is the way it creatively mocks its own dearth of creativity, an excellent foundation for sophisticated comedy that culminates in a spectacular final coda which is only slightly tarnished by the announcement of a third outing in the works.
Edward Frost | @Frost_Ed